AFI DOCS and NBCUniversal Showcase 2017 Impact Lab


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AFI DOCS and NBCUniversal Showcase 2017 Impact Lab
  • Pro Social Initiatives
July 10, 2017

For the past three summers, NBCUniversal has been a proud supporter of The American Film Institute’s Documentary Film Festival (AFI DOCS) in Washington D.C.

AFI DOCS brings together artists, audiences, and politicians to highlight documentary films and their ability to create change. NBCUniversal is not only a sponsor of the Film Festival, but also creator and major supporter of the AFI DOCS Impact Lab in partnership with Universal Pictures, the film studio of Comcast NBCUniversal.

The AFI DOCS Impact Lab is an innovative part of AFIDOCS that provides filmmakers with intensive training in community action, advocacy, online organizing, and technology for engagement. Impact Lab participants learn skills to effectively engage at a grassroots level with policymakers who are addressing a range of issues aligned with each individual film. Most importantly, the Impact Lab teaches filmmakers to leverage the power of story and film to catalyze social change. 

In addition to the issue-advocacy training and meetings with congressional staffers, the Impact Lab Participants are all eligible to apply for AFI DOCS/NBCUniversal Impact Grants. The NBCUniversal Impact Grants fund outreach and social action campaigns of the winning documentaries, in an effort to further their film’s impact.




The following documentaries participated in the 2017 AFI DOCS Impact Lab:

ACORN AND THE FIRESTORM                                                                                                                By Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard




CHASING CORAL: The VR Experience                                                                                                    By Jeff Orlowski and Larissa Rhodes (VR FILM)





EDITH & EDDIE                                                                                                                                By Laura Checkoway and Thomas Lee Wright




FOR AHKEEM                                                                                                                                            By Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest






THE FORCE                                                                                                                                    By Pete Nicks




I AM EVIDENCE                                                                                                                                       By Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir








NOWHERE TO HIDE                                                                                                                                  By Zaradasht Ahmed








A SUITABLE GIRL                                                                                                                                    By Smriti Mundhra and Sarita Khurana





WHAT LIES UPSTREAM                                                                                                                          By Cullen Holback





THE WORK                                                                                                                                                 By Jairus McLeary and Gethin Aldous